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Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel

Osmosis has two lines – skin care and colour. So far we’ve been lucky enough to try their very best products. Or maybe everything they make is their very best. Today we are going to educate you on their Brow Gel. We were both thrilled when Osmosis sent us a color of our choice. But thrilled isn’t always enough – it’s how effective the products are that counts – so let’s find out if Marcia and Lisa consider these to be effective brow products.

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel

MARCIA has the BROW GEL in BROWN

Osmosis Brow Gel in Brown

Osmosis Brow Gel in Brown

At one point in my life, or actually most of my life, I didn’t even think about my eyebrows. Now? It’s a necessity for me to groom my brows. Boy what a difference it makes on my face.

Osmosis + Colour Brow Gel Brown

Osmosis + Colour Brow Gel Brown

Brow Gel is available in 4 shades: Auburn, Blonde, Brown, and Taupe. I use it in Brown and it’s a very deep brown that makes my eyebrows look totally finished. Here’s their website’s shade to show you more of what it looks like on my brows:

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel Brown (osmosisskincare.com)

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel Brown (osmosisskincare.com)

The Brow Gel lasts on me throughout the day. It’s very creamy so it’s not difficult to pick up the right amount on your brush. Once on in the morning it doesn’t come off until I remove it myself. So far I haven’t even found any fading. The little bottle is adorable and easy to take on the go. It’s all there for you – gel and brush. You can use their brush which applies the gel with ease or your own longer brow brush. No matter which you’ll find an easy and thorough way to fill in your eyebrows.

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel brush in cap

Osmosis +Colour Brow Gel brush in cap

LISA has the BROW GEL in TAUPE:

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe (osmosisskincare.com)

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe (osmosisskincare.com)

My hair is lighter than Marcia’s – it’s a medium brown with blonde highlights. You always want your brows to be a little lighter than your hair color so Taupe is a great fit for me. I really love the little brush that comes with the brow gel because it fills in my brows in a very natural way without looking too flat. The only other thing I need is a spoolie to brush my brows up. If this also came with a spoolie I would say that it’s perfect…but without it it’s still darn near perfect!

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in TaupeOsmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

Osmosis Brow Gel in Taupe

A tip that I actually learned from Marcia many years ago is to dip the brush into the color from the outer portion of the brow gel first.  This helps the gel last longer and keeps it from drying out. The brow gel is waterproof so once applied it lasts all day, which is a huge bonus. Groomed brows make such a difference, and smeared/faded brows are not a good look! This cute little bottle makes a powerful difference in your look, and it’s definitely something that should make its way onto your vanity.

If you want groomed brows that look natural and last all day, be sure to give Osmosis Brow Gel a try. You can buy it online at Dermstore.

*sent for editorial consideration

Pixi does brows and lashes right with the Eye Accents Kit!

Pixi Eye Accents Kit

Pixi Beauty is such a great line…affordable, excellent products that I chose over their more expensive counterparts day after day. I was recently at a conference in Florida, and of course the topic of conversation turned to makeup. The line I immediately recommended for everyone was Pixi. My most recent obsession is the Eye Accents Kit ($16) they sent – I just can’t get enough.  Pixi Eye Accents KitThis great little duo was created in collaboration with the awesome blogger Apyn Ovard. The Eye Accent kit is all about defining the eye with a brow gel for beautiful brows and a fantastic mascara just for lower lashes.

Pixi Brow Tamer

First, the Brow Tamer is a clear gel that holds brows in place. You always want to brush brows UP and OUT – not sideways – to really open the eye area. The Pixi Brow Tamer is an excellent brow gel that holds brows in place without flaking or making them stiff or sticky. Awesome.Pixi Lower Lash MascaraPixi Lower Lash Mascara

Putting the Brow Tamer with the Lower Lash Mascara is a perfect partnership, like peanut butter and jelly. The Lower Lash Mascara is the absolute bomb. I rarely wear mascara on my lower lashes because they are really long, which makes pretty much every mascara smear on me. But the Lower Lash Mascara has a very cool thin wand so overdoing it isn’t an issue and the mascara really coats each lash, truly defining the eye. Other pluses? It’s water-resistant, stays put until you want to remove it, and removal is easy peasy. Ingredients include Vitamin E and panthenol.

Pixi Lower Lash Mascara and Brow Tamer

I love love love the Eye Accents Kit and I can’t recommend it highly enough. You can find Pixi online and at Target stores.  – Lisa

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Double the control with Lash Control

Are your eyes lost without mascara? Do you depend on your mascara to make you more visible to the world? Do you love learning about the best mascaras available? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you are in for a treat learning about Lash Control. What makes Lash Control unique is that it just as easily could be called Squeeze Control. This mascara and the accompanying brow fix have unusual packaging with a center squeeze area that changes that amount of mascara that releases when you apply. You are in control of your destiny with these mascaras. The more you squeeze, the less mascara is deposited on the brush. Interesting!! There are two formulas that we’ll talk about as we each tested a different one.

press samples

Lash Control

Lisa’s experience:

I tested the ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix and the Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara 2xBLACK. I know that the fascination with these is the squeezable middle portion that gives you far more control over how much product is dispensed. However, I actually think that innovative feature isn’t the major reason to purchase these two products.

Lash ControlLash ControlLash ControlWhile it seems a little strange, the best look for eyebrows is to brush them right straight up. It really opens the eye area and is very flattering. I do this every morning, but without a good brow gel they fall right back into that complacent resting position. I need a firm brow gel to tame and hold my brows in place – but without the crunchy stiffness, thank you very much. The Lash Control ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix absolutely does the job for me! It has the squeeze-y center but again, it’s really secondary to the fact that this is a great brow gel. It does exactly what it needs to – holds my brows in place all day without looking or feeling weirdly stiff.  It’s a winner!

Lash ControlLash ControlLash ControlI guess the control center for the Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara matters a little more to me – it’s pretty cool to be able to vary the amount of product and it definitely takes care of any potential clumps. But besides that, this is just a truly terrific mascara. Lashes are very soft and flexible, but thick, long, and super black…and no smearing. None. Hooray!! Love this mascara and I have no doubt that you will too.

Wearing Lash Control Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara and ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix

Wearing Lash Control Volumizing and Conditioning Mascara and ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix

Marcia’s experience:

Lash Control ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix and Lash Control  Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara and Brow

Lash Control ClearCoat Mascara and Brow-Fix and Lash Control Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

My test was for Lash Control’s Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara which is different from my usual pick of a volumizing mascara. I haven’t used a mascara known for length in a long time so it was a good choice for me. I’ll tell you what I love best about it — it never ever flakes on me. No matter how long my day is, no matter if I take a nap, I have no flakes from early morning to late at night.

Lash Control  Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

Lash Control Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

When I first started to use it I wasn’t paying attention so each time I’d squeeze the pink middle section and wondered why it was such a dry mascara. Then I read the website and realized I was doing the exact opposite of what I should be doing! I know now that the trick for my first coats is to use the mascara straight from the tube. But I still squeeze but that’s for applying another coat. I like to go back over the tips of my lashes to add some volume to the length and that’s when I want a clearer brush. I love how long this mascara lasts on me and that I never have to think about it if I’m going out at night.

Lash Control length

Lash Control length

Lash Control  Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

Lash Control Lengthening and Conditioning Mascara

Conditioning mascara formulas are non-irritating*. With loads of botanicals in a hydrating beeswax base, ingredients include Gingko Biloba, Chamomile Flower Extract, Ginseng Root Extract and many more. Our formulas accentuate length with the ability add volume with layers as desired. Lashes stay flexible to the touch. No smearing or flaking.

Lash Control Clear Coat Mascara and Brow Fix

Lash Control Clear Coat Mascara and Brow Fix

I’ve also used the Clear Coat Mascara and Brow Fix both on my lashes and my brows but I’m sticking with it on my brows. My lashes are thin so they get weighed down easily and since Lash Control never flakes on me I don’t need the extra protection of a clear coat. But I like to use this on my brows to keep the powder staying fresh all day. Even when I got my hair tinted and water got on them, they stayed color true with the addition of Lash Control Clear Coat Brow Fix.

These three products from LASH CONTROL are winners in our books and we think they’d be the same in your books. Whether you want length, volume, or control you’ll find it with these.

*sent for consideration

 

Beauty Junkees 2017 – amazing additions

Beauty Junkees new additions

Beauty Junkees new additions

It’s always exciting when a brand that you’ve had great success brings out new products in their line but it’s especially a thrill when it’s Beauty Junkees. We have watched them grow exponentially and we are so happy that they are keeping us in the loop by sending along new products. For 2017 Beauty Junkees has recently expanded their line with 5 items that you don’t want to miss. Beauty Junkees is a paraben free, cruelty free line with most products made in the US. Let me share what I’ve been enjoying. (Read on for a discount code too.)

MAGNETIC MAKEUP PALETTE w/MIRROR ($19.97)

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

This large, deep magnetic palette is wonderful for all the pans you have. Brands like MAC, Makeup Geek, Ofra, Trish McAvoy, and many independent brands sell shadows, blushes, bronzers and more in pan form to both save you money and space. Beauty Junkee’s version has a full mirror, closes tightly and contains a great Beauty Junkee two sided eyeshadow brush. It’s actually their pro Tapered Blender and pro All Over Shader Brush combined into 1 fantastic brush.

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

Beauty Junkees Magnetic Palette

The palette can hold 28 standard size shadows and accommodate different sizes and shapes (like domed shadows) with ease. It comes with a set of 10 magnetics for products that aren’t magnetized already. This has been so great for me since I bought more Makeup Geek pans along with some from Maskcara and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Now I can organize by color with ease.

TINTED BROW GEL ($12.97) The new tinted brow gel comes in 3 shades: Blonde, Dark Brown, and Auburn. It is so rare to find an auburn shade in brow products that Beauty Junkees needs kudos for that alone. The brow gel is great for all brow conditions. If you have full brows already it’s a way to add some color and groom them so they stay neat all day. If you have skimpy brows (ahem, like mine) then it gives you the ability to fill them in without any fake look. And if there are gray hairs popping up, and it does happen, you can easily cover them with this natural looking brow mascara.

Tinted Brow Gel in Brown

Tinted Brow Gel in Brown

Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde

Tinted Brow Gel in Blonde

Beauty Junkees Tinted Brow Gel in dark brown

Beauty Junkees Tinted Brow Gel in auburn

beauty junkees blonde brow gel beauty junkees dark brown brow

CONCEALER and BROW HIGHLITER DUOS ($14.97) These duos are available in 2 shades: Cool Beige + Beige Highliter and Warm Beige + Gold Highliter. I have to admit that I love them both and I’m glad I didn’t have to make a choice.

Beauty Junkees Cool Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

Beauty Junkees Cool Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

The Cool Beige is a lighter and slightly cooler concealer while the highliter is a cool non-yellow gold. It’s very brightening and looks wonderful just under the arch of your brow, in the tearduct area to brighten, and even on the cupid’s bow of your lips. It’s surprisingly subtle which is great on older eyes.

Beauty Junkees Warm Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

Beauty Junkees Warm Beige Concealer Highliter Duo

The Warm Beige pencil is a darker and warmer concealer but it’s not too dark for my fair skin. I love the gold shade of the highliter end. I think it looks great along the lashline or even on the waterline (though it doesn’t last long there).

These pencils are so creamy and easy to work with.

LIP PUMICE STICK EXFOLIATOR ($10) is perfect for this winter especially. I find it has two purposes for me: preparing my lips to be their smoothest for lipsticks (especially matte lip color) and helping with chapped lips. This moisturizes your lips but be sure you wipe it off before applying any color on your lips since you don’t want the little bits to linger. It has a light minty smell to it that reminds me of candy canes.

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

Beauty Junkees Lip Pumice Exfoliator Stick

FAB NAILS ($14.97) is the perfect alternative for those who don’t polish their nails or who don’t do it on a regular basis. In some professions you are told not to wear nail polish even but you want your nails perfectly groomed. That’s where Fab Nails comes into play.

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

This glass file that is extremely gentle on your nails. If you have peeling nails this will be a miracle for them. Fab Nails helps prevent peeling and chipping. Use it as a buffer in a back and forth direction to seal the keratin layers together. It doesn’t leave your nails thin like other files do. But it will help you smooth your nails. If you use this as a buffer you can go weeks and still have a shine. After using it’s best to wash it with water, dry it and store it in the protective case.

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

Beauty Junkees Fab Nails

My husband has confiscated it which I don’t mind since his nails were looking pretty ratty prior to owning Fab Nails.

Now for the code so that you can pick out something fabulous that you are going to want. The code is INFOZONE and it’s good to use for one product through 2/28/17. Anything your heart desires from Beauty Junkees can be yours for 15% less. Picking something is going to be hard since I’m loving everything I have from Beauty Junkees. And you will too.  —  Marcia

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Quick and easy brows with Paula’s Choice Brow Defining Cream Duo

Paula's Choice Brow Defining Cream DuoI swear, EVERY morning I am running late.  I keep trying to simplify my makeup routine more and more to make it easier to get to work on time.  My least favorite part to do are eyes – if you can’t do eye makeup right, I think you shouldn’t do it at all.  It requires a steady hand and patience, neither of which are in typically available for me in the mornings.

I have eliminated any sort of complicated eyeshadow.  I’m just doing a wash of a base color, usually MAC Paint Pot in Layin’ Low or Painterly, a thicker line of gel pencil eyeliner (I am really like the Shea Moisture Ultra Smooth Long Wear Eye Pencil these days), a quick squeeze from my eyelash curler then a very quick coat of mascara.  One area where I never skimp, though, is brows.  I think most people neglect this part of their face, but 20 seconds can really change your look, and Paula’s Choice Brow Defining Cream Duo ($21) is terrific.

Paula's Choice Brow Defining Cream Duo

Paula’s Choice Brow Defining Cream Duo

Paula’s Choice is one of my favorite go-to lines for skin care, but this line also has some really exceptional cosmetic products.  I always have a Brow Defining Cream Duo on hand and I use it every single day.  It is so easy to use.  Unlike many of the brushes that come inside compacts, the one in this brow duo is excellent.  I use the spoolie end to brush my brows up first, then I use the angled brush side and dip it in each of the two colors of brow cream to make a color a few shades lighter than my natural brow color.  Then, I quickly tap the cream onto my brows, and finish with a quick sweep of the spoolie.

Paula's Choice Brow Defining Cream Duo

Paula’s Choice Brow Defining Cream Duo

I prefer a cream brow product to powder for two reasons.  First, the cream doesn’t smudge like powder.  Second, a cream product holds my brows in place.  I love the two shades in the Brow Defining Cream Duo – I can use just one or mix them together.  Unless your hair is very fair or very dark, these two shades will work for you.  Once you use this product a few times and get the hang of it, you will be astounded at the difference groomed brows make, and you will be amazed at how quickly you can use this.

Whether you like to take your time with your makeup or you are always in a hurry, this is a brow product that you will absolutely swear by.  Another bonus – all Paula’s Choice products are 100% fragrance free, clinically proven to be non-irritating, and never tested on animals.  – Lisa

If you have never ordered from Paula’s Choice before, use THIS LINK to get a $10 credit on your first order!

*product purchased and repurchased many times by me.  Affiliate links.

Four ‘back to school’ beauty hacks – stock up during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week!

Four Back-to-School beauty hacks!It’s the end of the summer season and time to refresh your beauty products for fall. Meijer’s annual Fall Beauty Week is coming up – September 11 through the 17th – with tons of products on sale including skin care, cosmetics, and hair care. There are four essential items that you need for your backpack, locker, dufflebag or desk to be sure you look your best while also saving precious time. They will all be on sale during the Fall Beauty Week so get your shopping list started now!                                                                        samples

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap

1. Ensure a great hair day with headbands. My picks – Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands and Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap. The Scunci No-Slip Grip Headbands are thin and are perfect time savers in the morning, plus they won’t slip off during workouts. I love the versatility of the Goody Ouchless Reversible Comfort Headwrap, which is also terrific for keeping hair out of your face when cleansing or applying treatments and masks.

Back to school beauty hack:  Wash your hair at night to save time in the morning.  Put your towel dried hair into a loose bun or ponytail wrapped with a soft headband for soft, beachy waves when you wake up.

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2

2.  Get a great complexion with no-fuss foundation. My pick – Covergirl Tru Blend Liquid Makeup in M2. This liquid foundation truly looks natural thanks to cutting edge pigment technology. It lasts all day with or without a primer, and does a great job of making imperfect skin look almost flawless.

Back to school beauty hack:  Even if you are running late, you have time to put on foundation. Forget about brushes or sponges – just put a pump or two on your palms, rub together to warm up, then pat on your face. Voila – instant perfect skin that looks natural and buffed in seconds. (Just remember to wash your hands after!)

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil in 305 Blonde

L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil

3.  Don’t forget your brows! You can get great brows in seconds. My pick – L’Oreal Brow Stylist Designer Eyebrow Pencil. Groomed brows make a huge difference and they are easier to do than you think. Using the pencil end, make short strokes that are about the length of actual brow hair to fill in sparse areas, then use the spoolie to blend in.

Back to school beauty hack: Always brush brow hair straight up for the best eye-opening look.

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue

4.  Brighten your look instantly with lip gloss  My pick – NYX Butter Gloss in Merengue. There’s a reason your mother always said never leave the house without lipstick. Seriously, if you are only going to do one thing it should be your lips. Lipstick can be tricky to apply without a mirror, but lip gloss takes less precision. The NYX Butter Gloss is fantastic. It’s moisturizing and has great slip without any stickiness.  It comes in lots of gorgeous shades but I especially love the pretty pink of Merengue.

Back to school beauty hack:  Smaller tubes of lip gloss are the best! They save you money because you will definitely use the entire product before it goes bad.

Don’t forget, all four of these essential beauty products are on sale during the Meijer Fall Beauty Week from September 11 through the 17th. Put them on your shopping list – I know you will love them for all your back to school needs.  – Lisa

*post sponsored by Meijer, all opinions and advice my own!

More than a mascara…Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Peter Lamas Lash MasqueI am usually a ‘bigger is better’ girl when it comes to mascara – I want longer lashes, thicker lashes, all the drama I can get. So I didn’t think I would like the Peter Lamas Lash Masque ($22) as a mascara…but surprisingly this has quickly become a favorite of mine.

Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Peter Lamas Lash Masque

The Lash Masque actually does three things:

  1.  As a mascara, it slightly tints lashes with natural extracts, separates, lengthens, and gives a very pretty natural look. It’s not drama, but it’s way better than my lashes on their own. I really like this on weekends or when I am in a hurry because I don’t have to be careful when I apply it and it goes on quickly and easily.
  2. It’s a great primer and lash conditioner. If I am feeling fancy, I use this first then use my mascara. Then it does give me even more drama! The masque doesn’t have any chemicals to dry out lashes, so it conditions them, promotes healthy lashes, and reduces lash fallout.
  3. Lash Masque is a terrific brow gel! I have been using it every day to darken my brows and brush them into place.
Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Peter Lamas Lash Masque

Ingredients include Spirulina, Biotin, Panthenol, and natural proteins to repair, strengthen and improve lash growth and thickness. Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and Almond Oils coat each lash to condition and protect from damage

The Lash Masque is 100% vegan, sulfate-free, petrochemical-free and paraben-free. With three great reasons to try out the Lash Masque, why wait? Head on over to peterlamas.com to get a tube for yourself.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration